The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice will from next month commence mock promotional examinations for all lawyers in the Ministry.
This development was disclosed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda yesterday during the official visit of the State’s Head of Service, Mr. Deji Ajayi to the Ministry of Justice.
Fapohunda said that lawyers in the Ministry uniquely face two hurdles to career progression. That they had to be knowledgeable in law and practice as well as the understanding of Civil Service Regulations and Conduct.
According to the Commissioner, it was therefore important that lawyers in the Ministry were well rounded on these fronts.
He said that the mock exams would prepare lawyers in the Ministry to meet the National Judicial Council’s guidelines on the appointment of Judges while also preparing them for promotional examinations in the Ekiti State Public Service.
The Attorney-General, however, solicited the support of the Head of Service in facilitating this initiative.
In his response the Head of Service, Deji Ajayi, said that an important component of his agenda for the State is the professional development of all those who work in the State Civil Service.
He said achieving professionalism in the workplace would not only enhance the career progression of civil servants but also ensure better service delivery to the people of Ekiti State.
Ajayi who revealed that he would present a memorandum to the State Executive Council on proposals for improving the qualifications of different cardes of civil servants in the state, assured that his office will be pleased to work with the Ministry of Justice to develop the modalities for the proposed examinations.
The Head of Service also congratulated the Ministry of Justice for the recent judgement of the Federal High Court, which set aside a N3Billion judgement debt of the State Government.
The visit of the Head of Service to the Ministry of Justice was his first official visit to a government Ministry since his appointment last month.